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Civil Engineering (BEng)

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The construction-oriented degree programme in civil engineering deals with the planning, construction and operation of structures, with a focus on structural and civil engineering. This includes residential, commercial and industrial buildings as well as infrastructure structures such as bridges. Their construction and calculation are an essential focus of the study programme.

Bachelor of Engineering
Full time
Course language:
Standard study period:
7 semesters, incl. one practical semester
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
15/05 – 15/07 (restricted admission)
Admission requirements:
General higher education entrance qualification/ entrance qualification for studies at universities of applied sciences/ equivalently recognised prior vocational training
210 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations

Ensure new construction and maintenance of structures

The design and calculation of structures are an essential part of the degree programme. This is done on the basis of mathematical-technical and scientific knowledge and methods. They are used, for example, in the planning of load-bearing structures, the selection of building materials and the dimensioning of components, the determination of the load-bearing capacity of the building ground or those measures that become necessary in the meantime during the construction of buildings.
Apart from the construction disciplines, construction management is another focus. Here you plan and manage the implementation of construction projects. This concerns the selection of construction methods, the economic efficiency in planning and execution of construction services as well as the cooperation with all planners as well as the executors directly on the construction site in compliance with all legal regulations. In addition to new construction, the preservation of buildings and building in the existing fabric is of great importance.

Does this degree programme suit you?

For the full-time civil engineering programme, you should have a high level of mathematical, physical as well as technical understanding. The use of subject-specific software, reports and presentations require an affinity for IT and an openness to digital solutions. You take a solution-oriented approach to problems and excel in working independently.

The planning work and execution of the construction projects take place both in the office and on the construction site with a team of architects, specialist planners, clients and the companies carrying out the work. As a civil engineer, you should therefore have good communication skills and be well organised.

Is this degree programme right for me?

You bring these qualities with you

  • interest in construction processes and structures
  • high mathematical, physical and technical understanding
  • IT affinity and an openness towards digital solutions
  • problem solving skills
  • organisational skills
  • independent working style
  • teamwork and communication skills

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The colleagues at the student counselling service provide information to prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions about the degree programme. If you have specific questions or concerns about the Bachelor's degree programme in Civil Engineering, please contact the student counselling service.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pistol

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pistol

Professor für Baustoffe
Studienfachberater Bauingenieurwesen (B. Eng.), Bauingenieurwesen Dual (B. Eng.)
Leiter Labor für Baustoffe

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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Civil engineers are sought-after specialists with a high level of responsibility. Therefore, career starters are offered very good – also financial – prospects upon successful completion of their studies. You can choose to become self-employed, for example with an engineering office, or you can opt for employment in a company in the construction industry, construction trade, project management or similar. After the bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a master's degree is also possible.

Possible areas of application

  • road construction company
  • building construction and civil engineering companies
  • construction planning departments
  • construction management
  • property developers
  • building materials industry
  • architect's office
  • distribution
  • manufacturers of building products
  • development departments
  • public administrations
  • consultancy and expert opinions
  • facility management etc.

Prepared for the world of work

The civil engineering degree programme prepares you to competently handle the following situations:

  • They accompany the construction of a new building as well as construction measures on existing buildings from the first sketch to completion, e.g. the construction of a factory building, the conversion and modernisation of a residential building or the maintenance of a railway bridge.
  • To do this, they design, construct and calculate the individual parts of the structure from the foundation to the roof. They decide on the construction method, select the building elements and the suitable materials such as steel, wood, masonry or concrete.
  • They ensure that the structure meets both legal and technical requirements. For example, they accompany the approval procedure and ensure stability as well as compliance with the current requirements for energy efficiency and emission protection.
  • They plan and control the execution of construction projects in the office and on the construction site. In dialogue with architects, specialist planners, clients and the companies carrying out the work, they ensure the completion of the building project with regard to time, costs and quality.
  • They work on technical problems independently and systematically in a team as well as individually on the basis of scientific working methods. In doing so, they apply their knowledge and skills, e.g. in the use of specialised software, and expand their knowledge as required. They support decision-making processes, e.g. through reports and presentations.

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Study Content

Course of studies

The standard period of study for the full-time degree programme in civil engineering is seven semesters and concludes with a bachelor of engineering degree.

Semester 1 – 2

Compulsory modules, basic studies: structural engineering, infrastructure systems

Semester 3 – 4 Compulsory modules, basic studies: Structural engineering
Semester 5 Practical semester
Semester 6 – 7

Compulsory modules, in-depth studies, elective modules,
Bachelor thesis and colloquium

Study content

During the first four semesters, students learn the technical and scientific basics of civil engineering. In the sixth and seventh semesters, the specialised knowledge is deepened and an individual focus is set through elective modules.

In the currently valid module handbooks, study and examination regulations and statutes of the civil engineering department you will find the module overview, a detailed description of the modules and study contents, the study plan as well as the statutes for the implementation of the selection procedure for the Civil Engineering degree programme.

Teaching formats

The theory semesters in the civil engineering degree programme guarantee a theoretically sound and, thanks to the choice of teaching formats, equally practical study.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • (Laboratory) exercises
  • Projects
  • Excursions
  • Tutorials



The content of the bachelor's degree programme in civil engineering consists of general fundamentals, fundamentals of construction, content of structural engineering, construction management and law as well as infrastructure:

  • Mathematics, technical drawing, surveying, communication and scientific work, reflection on theory-practice transfer and course of studies.
  • Statics, structural design, building materials, building physics
  • Foundation engineering, solid construction, steel construction, timber construction, building in existing contexts, history of constructionProject management, construction operations, construction planning, construction law, construction management, environmental protection
  • Urban construction 

Practical semester

To support the transfer between theory and practice, a practical semester is integrated into the degree programme, which is supervised by the university of applied sciences. It can also be used for a stay abroad or participation in a research project.

For detailed information, please refer to the internship regulations on the study organisation page.

Application & Contact

At a glance

The most important deadlines, dates and admission requirements for the bachelor's degree programme in Civil Engineering are compiled here. You can find out which steps you need to take for a successful application in the next section.

Deadlines & Dates

  • by 15 July: register and submit an online application
  • by 15 July: apply for a higher semester to continue a degree programme you have started at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Access requirements

  • General university entrance qualification according to the Brandenburg university act: General higher education entrance qualification or entrance qualification for studies at universities of applied sciences or previous vocational training recognised as equivalent

This is how you apply!

In the following, we explain to you which aspects you should pay attention to from the registration for the central allocation of study places to the matriculation (enrolment).

The degree programme participates in the central allocation of study places, the dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV) via For the winter semester, you must register at hochschulstart. de from 15 May to 15 July and then create and submit your application in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

Let us guide you through the procedure step by step and use our DoSV-Guide.

Documents to be submitted

When applying online in the MyCampus university portal, the following documents must be submitted as PDF files in the application portal:

  • If applicable, university entrance qualification
  • Proof of professional or other previous experience relevant to the field of work, if applicable
  • If applicable, university degree certificate and justification for taking up a second course of study
  • Proof of service, if applicable
  • Proof(s) of hardship application or application for compensation for disadvantages, if applicable


After you have completed your online application in the MyCampus university portal, you will receive a personal checklist with the following information:

  • List of all supporting documents that you have uploaded as PDF files according to the information you provided in your online application.
  • Notes on the further course of the procedure

Selection procedure

Applicants who fulfil the admission requirements take part in the procedure for awarding places.
In the allocation procedure for the first semester, the following are deducted in advance from the number of places to be allocated:

  • all applicants who were unable to accept an earlier admission due to service, as well as all applicants who are members of the national squad of a national sports association of the German Olympic Sports Confederation
  • 11 % for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification
  • 3 % for applicants for a second degree
  • 3 % for applicants who are to be considered on the basis of hardship.

The remaining places are allocated 80% according to the result of a university selection procedure and 20 % according to waiting time.

The result of the university selection procedure is determined on the basis of the following criteria (weighting in brackets):

  • Average grade of the higher education entrance qualification (60 %)
  • Grade in mathematics (20 %)
  • Grade in physics (20 %)


Following the university selection procedure, places are awarded in the dialogue-oriented service procedure via Applicants with a correspondingly high ranking receive a time-limited offer of admission on, which they can actively accept. You can find more information on the Hochschulstart coordination phase in our DoSV guide.

Once you have accepted the offer of admission, you will receive your notification of admission from Hochschulstart. If you do not accept the offer of admission by the deadline, the ranking list will continue to be processed and the place will be reallocated.

You have accepted your place at university via Then you have the opportunity to submit an enrolment application for the winter semester from 15 May to 15 July in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potdam.

Once you have submitted your online application for enrolment, please submit the printed and signed application together with all required documents in paper form by the deadline. The day of the enrolment deadline is decisive for the submission of the documents, whereby the date of receipt by post at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.

Documents to be submitted

  • University entrance qualification
  • If applicable, further documents according to the enrolment application form.

Do you have questions about the enrolment process at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam? We have compiled frequently asked questions and answers regarding enrolment and admission.

Start your studies

After you have successfully completed the application process, we recommend that you take a look at the start of studies page of the civil engineering department. There you will find important information and dates regarding the start of your studies at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

Further information

The following links provide you, and especially international applicants, with further information on the topics of application and enrolment at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

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International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school-leaving qualification and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements acquired abroad recognised and study with us.

Application information for internationals

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Application & Enrolment Procedure

The application and study service provides information and advice on general questions regarding the application process, admission and enrolment at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, application for a higher semester, but also on topics such as compensation for disadvantages, part-time studies, waiting semesters and hardship applications.

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Contact & Services

The student counselling service provides information and advice on general questions about studying as well as on topics such as choosing a degree programme, application, enrolment and study organisation.

For subject-specific questions on module content, credit transfer, examinations or specialisations in the civil engineering degree programme, the subject counselling service is the right place to go.

Contact persons for Department of Student Affairs